Dungeness crab season update

2011-11-21T10:34:00Z Dungeness crab season update Coos Bay World
November 21, 2011 10:34 am

The U.S. Coast Guard’s plan to conduct dockside safety checks of Dungeness crab vessels, known as Operation Safe Crab, will be temporarily postponed due to the delay in the start date of the crab season in Oregon and Washington states, and a low number of fisherman on the docks.

“We don’t have a resume date set yet as the start date could be delayed even further,” said Dan Hardin, the Coast Guard’s district fishing vessel safety coordinator. “We will be keeping our eyes on what the states decide to do, then plan on putting our people on the docks to coincide with the opening.”

The intent of Operation Safe Crab is to improve safety and reduce fatalities by examining Dungeness crab fishing vessels in every port in Oregon and Washington as crews prepare their vessel prior to season opener.

The operation’s spot checks, inspections and training began in 2000. Since that year, fatalities during the crab season have been significantly reduced. There was one death related to the Dungeness crab fishery last year when the fishing vessel Ella Ann overturned in Willapa Bay, Wash., with two people on board. Neither person was wearing a life jacket at the time.

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  1. Citizen
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    Citizen - November 21, 2011 7:55 pm
    Maybe they'll catch somebody cutting corners and save tax payers millions by preventing an unsafe vessel from heading out. Or maybe this will be one big pain in the "crab pot." At least they'll be doing their job instead of polishing the admiral's brass or swabbing the deck for the twentieth time.
  2. smkfish
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    smkfish - November 21, 2011 1:41 pm
    Local Jerk, you make me laugh out loud!
  3. Local Jerk
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    Local Jerk - November 21, 2011 12:32 pm
    Are you freaking kidding me? The whole world is ripping and tearing itself apart, drug dealers from South America are sending submarines full of drugs into our harbors, refuge's are drowning in mass as they try to make their way through American waters hoping to survive......and the Coast Guard is trying to make local boats safe from crabs? If YOU were a crab and YOU had claws - wouldn't YOU try to escape? If people would just leave them alone CRABS wouldn't bother anybody! What a stupid idea.
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